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Groups say 13 climate activists deported from Poland

AP  |  KATOWICE (Poland) 

Environmental groups said Friday that at least 13 activists travelling to to take part in the UN climate summit have been deported or denied entry by authorities.

The Climate Action Network, an group of hundreds of organisations from around the world, criticised the actions of Polish police, calling them "extremely worrying."

It named one of those denied entry as Belgium-based activist It said she had been travelling by train when she was stopped by police at Poland's border with the

"It was said that she was a threat to Polish security," said Wendel Trio, the of CAN's European office.

He said Vanrenterghem, who spoke during a large protest in last weekend, was taken to a police station in the town of Bielsko Biala, where she was interrogated and then told she would be deported on a train back to overnight.

"She seems to have been on a blacklist," said Trio, adding that attempts by Belgian diplomats to intervene were unsuccessful.

A Polish border guards' said she had no information about the matter.

Environmental group 350.org said the other activists affected include six from Ukraine, two each the United State and Germany, and one each from and

The two-week climate meeting in Poland's southern city of brings together officials from almost 200 countries, campaign groups, scientists and businesses to discuss efforts to

Climate activists are planning to march through on Saturday to press for more action from governments against climate change.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 05:40 IST
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